Call us crazy but we did it! Our front yard juniper jungle is gone. Woot woot! This was no easy feat, mind you. In the spring of 2010 we spent a good couple of months on the weekends chainsawing, pick axing, clipping, and plain ol’ ripping out every pokey, spider web laden, snail infested bush littered with sticky soda cans, toy army men, and cigarette butts. You all know what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Whether it was crashing your bike into one as a kid, getting tripped by one (because you know those roots that literally grow to the end of the Earth are out to get us), or losing your favorite (fill in the blank) in the abyss of the bush, we’ve all had an experience with a juniper. Luckily, we all lived to talk about it! Did I mention one of the bushes was so large, a family of four could’ve taken up residence in it? Okay, okay, moving on…
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a juniper – in bonsai form that is. I’ve seen some exquisite creations. This Juniper Foemina, for example. And this juniper bonsai started in 1962. Or this outdoor juniper bonsai tree. Impressive art forms, aren’t they? However, that’s about as far as my love for junipers goes.
In case you missed the last post, here are the before pictures of the front yard.
First, we took out the large bushes. Ouch! I’m pretty sure I remember being sore for a couple of days.
Second, we trimmed down the Meyer Lemon bush and took out the concrete patio, chunk by chunk:
Next, we took out the junipers in the parking strip. We also had to cut down a diseased, and huge might I add, Chinese Elm.
Finally, all the old landscaping was out. Phew! Next, we re-piped the sprinkler system (the old galvanized pipes were in dire need of replacement). Then, we sprayed lines for the new landscape layout and shoveled out the grass. Yes, you heard me right… we shoveled… for what felt like an eternity. No, we didn’t rent a sod cutter because we thought we’d save a few bucks. If I can give you one piece of advice (you know what’s coming), spend the $100 rental fee on the sod cutter. You’ll save endless hours and won’t have to take turns massaging each other’s backs for days on end. Last, we planted a few trees before the painting got under way. At the left corner of the house is a Forsythia (yellow flowers). About six feet in from the sidewalk we planted a Dappled Willow Tree that’s been grafted, so no worries about the roots ruining the sewer pipes. Near the driveway is a tree form Japanese Wisteria.
With the bushes gone you can really see how plain our 1954 ranch house is. Not for long! Next up you’ll see us paint the house, add decorative touches, and start the landscaping.